Paul Murphy is Principal Conductor of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and its orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. In addition to an extensive touring schedule both in the UK and abroad, their work together includes concerts and recordings.
Paul studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Colin Metters, John Carewe, George Hurst and Sir Colin Davis. He was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997.
Paul began his regular collaboration with the Covent Garden in 1994, working with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. He has conducted various of the UK’s finest ensembles including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North. As well as worked abroad with the Bergen Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Washington National Opera Orchestra, the Sofia Opera Orchestra the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo in Sicily and the Ulster Orchestra.
As a guest conductor he performed with New York City Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Dutch National Ballet, The Australian Ballet, NDT 1, Acosta Danza, Finnish National Ballet and, most recently, Tokyo Ballet, with whom he conducted performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at La Scala, Milan in July 2019.
He has made numerous recordings for BBC Radio 3, BBC Television, Channel 4. Paul released CDs with the Hallé (the complete music for piano and orchestra by Saint Saens), The Royal Ballet Sinfonia ( The Tales of Beatrix Potter and Les Patineurs) the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra (music by Butterworth, Delius and Korngold) and an NHK broadcast of Coppelia with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.